Castle Hill, Hindlip

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Questionable Masonry Castle

There are uncertain remains

NameCastle Hill, Hindlip
Alternative NamesSmite Hill; Oldbury; Auld-berry; Coldharbour Farm
Historic CountryWorcestershire
Modern AuthorityWorcestershire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishSalwarpe

field called Castle Hill, which abuts Smite Hill, from its appearance might be supposed to scarp artificially. It is said that a castle or fort once stood on Castle Hill, and was at length destroyed by a battery placed on Newland Common. A cannon shot was about forty years ago ploughed up somewhere on spot. Heming's "Cartulary" notices a place called Oldbury in the Anglo Saxon boundaries of Smite. It adjoins Castle Hill Field, and is commonly called Auld-berry. (Allies)

Documentary sources indicate that a castle may once have stood here, no physical evidence has been found yet except some stones.

Flat topped Hill with gentle slope to the south, pronounced ditch or holloway to west & steep drop to the north, this latter being much steeper than natural slope, to the west (ie Smith Hill) & therefore possibly might be supposed to scarp artificially; some smallish stone frags (c200cm) in small localised scatters on the northern scarp (JPR. 1979. Site visit. SMR file).

Shape digitised from the field pattern on the 1813 Ordnance Survey surveyor's drawing (Crowther, S.. 2009. Georeferenced layer of the 1811-1818 2" Ordnance Survey Surveyors' Drawings). (Worcestershire and Worcester City HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Allies description, and reference to an C11 mention of an 'oldbury', suggests a prehistoric enclosure, probably fairly slight (several other Iron Age or Romano British enclosures are recorded in the area). Within this a house or structure, probably not in anyway defensive, may have existed and may have been demolished in the C17. Allies seems to be suggesting that this may have been the site of a Roman mansio. Certainly it may be that the 'oldbury' was a Romano-British site, with some masonry, and an enclosing, possibly earlier, ditch. Further investigation, probably including excavation, would be need but seems most unlikely as the site of a medieval castle of any type.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO900592
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  • Allies, J., 1852, The Ancient British, Roman and Saxon Antiquities and Folklore of Worcestershire (London: J.H. Parker) p. 141 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Heming, Cartulary Vol. 2 p. 355